Near Farson in Sweetwater County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge
Siskadee Agie is a Crow Indian term meaning "River of the Prairie Hen." Along with sage grouse (so called prairie hens), Native Americans hunted deer, pronghorn, bison, waterfowl, eagles, and other wildlife. Explorers and mountain men trapped beaver in the Seedskadee area; and the hundreds of thousands of pioneers who crossed the Green River hunted game here.
Construction of the Fontanelle Dam about 20 miles upstream changed the natural flooding cycle of the Green River, affecting the fish and wildlife habitat along the river. The dam created prime trout habitat; yet it endangered the natural marshlands bordering the river that relied on spring flooding. These marshlands are critical nesting habitat for many species of waterfowl.
Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge was established by Congress in 1965 to help offset the loss of marshlands habitat resulting from construction of both the Fontanelle Dam and the Flaming Gorge Dam which is about 100 miles
Since 1965, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge managers have used methods such as prescribed burning, flood irrigating, native grass planting, and fencing to enhance this valuable wildlife habitat and restore the lands to a condition similar to that in the days of the Oregon Trail.
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural Resources • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 41° 52.811′ N, 109° 48.466′ W. Marker is near Farson, Wyoming, in Sweetwater County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 28 at milepost 102 near State Highway 372, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Farson WY 82932, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. One Day at a Time (here, next to this marker); Overland to Zion (here, next to this marker); The Lombard Ferry (a few steps from this marker); Crossing the Green River (within shouting distance of this marker); Ferrying Across the Green River (within shouting distance of this marker); "Graves" of the Unknown Emigrants Burial on the Trail (approx. 12˝ miles away); Death on the Trail (approx. 12˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farson.
More about this marker. This marker is found at a viewing area in Seedsskadee National Wildlife Refuge. The viewing area is located downstream (south) of west end of the bridge over the Green River.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 28, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 412 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 28, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.